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Ep 80: A Rinzai Zen Life in Japan w/ Corey Ichigen Hess

Corey Ichigen Hess is an ordained Zen monk and body therapist. He lived a monastic life for many years at Sogenji Zen Monastery in Okayama, Japan. He teaches meditation classes and works with individual clients doing private embodiment process coaching sessions, Sourcepoint Therapy®, Structural Integration®, and Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy at his home on Whidbey Island in Langley, Washington. Here are the links mentioned in the show: NHK Sogenji Documentary Film Footage Zen Embodiment...


Ep 79: Interfaith Activism, Sikhism, and Hinduism w/Tahil Sharma

Tahil Sharma grew up in an interfaith family and practices Sikhism and Hinduism. He is a Program Manager for Faith Outreach at Brave New Films and an Interfaith Minister in Residence at the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. You can find him at:


Ep 78: "Christian: The Politics of a Word in America" w/ Dr. Matthew Bowman

Matthew Bowman received his PhD. in history from Georgetown University. He is associate professor of history at Henderson State University, where he teaches courses in American history since the Civil War, race, and American religion. He is the author of "Christian: The Politics of a Word in America," out now from Harvard University Press, and several other books. Find him online here:


Ep 77: Witchcraft and The Holy Wild w/Danielle Dulsky

Danielle Dulsky is the author of “The Holy Wild: A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman,” out now from New World Library. Visit her online:


Ep 76: Mary Magdalene w/Dr. Margaret Arnold

Margaret Arnold is the Associate Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Medford, Massachusetts. She received her PhD in Religious and Theological Studies from Boston University. Her new book, “The Magdalene in the Reformation” is out now from The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Get the book here: The Magdalene in the Reformation from Harvard University Press


Ep 75: Mark Van Buren and "A Fool's Guide to Actual Happiness"

Mark Van Buren is a Mindful Living Trainer, yoga/meditation instructor, personal trainer, and musician, that has been promoting health and wellness for over a decade. He has run dozens of workshops and retreats all over the tri-state area, and has been asked to speak at numerous colleges including Columbia, Montclair State, and Bergen Community. A handful of yoga studios have already opened their doors to his message, allowing him to give talks and run guided meditations and retreats. He...


EP 74: An Introduction to Sikhism with Special Guests

This episode introduces Sikhism, including an overview of the basic beliefs, practices, important people, and specific goals of the Sikh religion, practiced by around 25 million people worldwide, with its spiritual home in Amritsar in Northwestern India in the state of Punjab. My guests are Dr. Harbaksh & Jasmine Sangha, and Dr. Chetan and Ranjana Hans.


EP 73: Ben Marcus on Religious Literacy in American Education

Benjamin P. Marcus is the religious literacy specialist with the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute, where he examines the intersection of education, religious literacy, and identity formation in the United States. He has developed religious literacy programs for public schools, universities, U.S. government organizations, and private foundations, and he has delivered presentations on religion at universities and nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad. He has worked closely with...


Ep 72: Deborah Eden Tull on Relational Mindfulness

DEBORAH EDEN TULL, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. She is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, public speaker, author, activist, and sustainability educator. She trained for seven years as a Buddhist monk at a silent Zen monastery in Northern California, and she has been traveling to, living in, or teaching about conscious, sustainable communities internationally for the last 25 years. She currently...


Ep 71: Dr. Daniel Hummel on Evangelical Christian Nationalism in the Cold War

The topic of this episode focuses on Dr. Daniel Hummel's piece, “The Limits of Evangelical Christian Nationalism during the Cold War,” which appears in the new book “North American Churches and the Cold War,” out now on Eerdsman Publishing. Dr. Daniel Hummel is a Scholar, writer, researcher, and teacher of religion, politics, and foreign policy in the United States and the modern Middle East. Dr. Hummel is a specialist in the concept of Christian Zionism and has a forthcoming book from the...


Ep 70: "The Devil's Music" w/ Dr. Randall J. Stephens

Randall J. Stephens is an Associate Professor of British and American Studies at the University of Oslo. He previously taught at Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne) and Eastern Nazarene College (Quincy, Massachusetts). He is a historian of religion, conservatism, the South, environmentalism, and popular culture. He is the author of The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South (Harvard University Press, 2008); The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age,...


Ep 69: Zenju Earthlyn Manuel on Sanctuary and San Francisco Zen Center

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel is an author, Zen priest, teacher, divine seer, artist, and Drum medicine woman. Her work has been featured in Essence Magazine, CNN, CBS NEWS, KPFA Radio, Buddhadharma, and Lion’s Roar. She holds a M.A. from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Transformative Learning from California Institute of Integral Studies. She spoke to me from Green Gulch Farm, a Zen practice center within the San Francisco Zen Center. She is the author of “Sanctuary: A Meditation on Home, Homelessness, and...


Ep 68: High School Religious Studies w/ John Camardella

John Camardella teaches religion and social studies at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois. This conversation touches on the organization, implementation, and day-to-day operations inside a high school course focused on world religions. You can read more about Mr. Camardella here: or on Twitter here:


EP 67: Living With Pain w/ Sarah Anne Shockley

A native of Connecticut, Sarah Anne Shockley is a multiple award winning producer and director of educational films, including Dancing From the Inside Out, a highly acclaimed documentary on disabled dance. She holds an MBA in International Marketing and has worked in high-tech management, as a corporate trainer, and teaching undergraduate and graduate business administration. As the result of a work related injury in the Fall of 2007, Sarah contracted Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) and...


Gospel of Mark (BONUS EPISODE)

This bonus episode is a recording of me reading the Gospel of Mark in its entirety. This is meant to serve as a classroom or educational resource. You can find the text I read here:


Ep 66: An Introduction to Shinto with Eric Lancaster

Eric Lancaster is an instructor of Japanese at the University of Missouri and an instructor of religious studies at Columbia College. He is a member of Bunraku Bay Puppet Theatre troupe, whose film, "Kaiju Bunraku," was screened at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.


Ep 65: Sita's Ramayana with Samhita Arni

Samhita Arni is the author of the NYT Bestselling graphic novel, Sita's Ramayana, (collaboration with Patua artist Moyna Chitrakar) available from Tara Books. She is also the author of The Mahabharata-A Child's View and The Missing Queen. You can find her online here:


Ep 64: Sanctuary Churches and the Role of Christianity with Rev. Sarah Klaassen

Sarah Klaassen is the pastor of Rock Bridge Christian Church in Columbia, Missouri. In September 2017, her church congregation voted to become a sanctuary church and seeks to protect those at risk of deportation. You can read more about her church's decision here: Rock Bridge Christian Church


Ep 63: Why Socrates Died and the Context of Ancient Athens w/ Robin Waterfield

Robin Waterfield is the author of numerous books about ancient Athens including Xenophon's Retreat, Why Socrates Died, Creators, Conquerors, and Citizens, and more. He has also translated the works of Aristotle, Plato, Xenophon, and more from ancient Greek. You can find him online at:


Ep 62: "Is Belief in God Good, Bad, or Irrelevant?" w/ Dr. Preston Jones

This episode is a discussion with Dr. Preston Jones about the book “Is Belief in God Good, Bad, or Irrelevant: A Professor and a Punk Rocker Discuss Science, Religion, Naturalism, and CHristianity.” Jones is the editor and co-author of the volume with Dr. Greg Graffin, singer for Bad Religion. The book was released in 2006. Dr. Preston Jones is a professor at John Brown University in Arkansas. His research focuses on the American Empire in the period 1898-1917 and the personal experience of...